UK Hotels, Resorts, and Escorted Tours See Boom

by Alfie FEATHERSTONE on September 24, 2009

The travel and tourism industry in the United Kingdom has taken a hit over the last few years as fewer people are visiting from overseas.  A combination of the plummeting global economy and concerns over the swine flu outbreak has kept many travelers from going abroad for their holiday travel.  Although fewer people are coming into the United Kingdom from abroad, fewer people are leaving, so part of the revenue lost has been made up by these UK staycationers.

This accounts for the recent report which says there has been a spike in the number of escorted tours over the first six months of 2009.  The UK Holiday Group, which operates tours in and around the United Kingdom, says that even though the economy is down, they expect to book nearly ten thousand more escorted tours than in 2008.  The UK Holiday Group, which is the parent company of many smaller travel groups, expects to see at least one hundred thousand tours booked before the end of the year.

This unexpected boost has allowed the UK Holiday Group to maintain their normal prices.  A spokesman for the company said that sudden discounts in prices can actually annoy customers, especially those who booked travel early, as they feel as though they are being penalized for booking in advance.

The UK Holiday Group attributes their success to a loyal customer group who places trust in their company.  With money being a concern for most travelers, they like to go with a brand they know will take care of them in case of cancellation or emergency.

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